Alpha-Glycerophosphate Dehydrogenase and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase in Tissues of the Weddell Seal

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Science  24 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3769, pp. 1560-1561
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3769.1560


High activity of alpha-glycerophosphate dehydrogenase and low activity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in adipose tissue of Weddell seals suggest that neutral fat may be assembled there from exogenous sources of fatty acids. Low activity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in other tissues tested precludes assignment of the function of fatty-acid synthesis to any specific tissue and emphasizes uniqueness of adipose mass in seals.